Aesop at Raconteur Report: a “This, This, THIS:”item where he adds his insights to Bill Whittle’s The Stratosphere Lounge this past week.
WHITTLE: “We conservatives always thought that tyranny was going to come to us through the government, and therefore we’re heavily armed with weapons. And that’s not where it’s coming from; these people are afraid of paring knives.
They’re not coming after us with guns, they’re not coming after us with tanks, and they’re not coming after us by taking over the government. The defenses that we’ve established on those lines are overwhelming. They’re unassailable defenses; the first amendment essentially still is unassailable, and so is the right to keep and bear arms, and so on.
But in any event, we prepared ourselves so well against invasion from that quarter that they simply decided it was pointless to attack there, so they attacked someplace else. And the censorship that they want is not being enforced by the government, and it’s not being backed up by tanks or soldiers with guns; the government’s not censoring anything we do.
The censorship that they’re looking for, and the control of people’s thoughts and minds is accomplished by social opprobrium. It’s accomplished by shaming people, and not just shaming them, by ruining their lives in the many ways that they know how to. The way they ruined the lives of the person who decided he didn’t want to deliver a cake to a gay wedding: that is not allowed, and so he must be destroyed.
So, if the Left doesn’t have guns – and they don’t; and if they don’t have direct government suppression – and they don’t; then how have they achieved everything they’ve achieved, how have they kept us so silenced?
The only power that the Left has – and it’s enormous power – the only power that the Left has is the power that you give them yourself: it’s the power of social proof.
Social proof and peer pressure is the most powerful motivator in human psychology. Every single one of us out there has things we know to be true – such as certain countries in the world being complete shitholes – and we won’t say them, and we won’t say them because we know that what will happen to us will be so damning that we just don’t want to go through with it.
We also know it doesn’t mean physical danger, at least in most cases. It’s not that we fear physical repercussions, we fear the moral repercussions of what the Left can marshal. But when you get right down to it, really where the rubber meets the road, we do what the Left wants to us to do, because we allow them the power of telling other people who we are.
We think that’s more important than what we believe. That’s why we don’t say what we want to say, that’s why we don’t speak our minds, why no one is allowed to speak the truth anymore.
- You decided government was a lost cause, and surrendered them fifty years from FDR to Reagan.
- And then walked away for nearly another thirty years after that.
- You decided Hollyweird was subversive, so you ignored movies.
- You decided television was idiocy, so you unplugged it.
- You decided universities were ridiculous, so you ignored academia.
- You decided society was irredeemable, so you’ve gone – or plan to – off into the hills.
“And on, and on, and on, until you’ve completely disconnected from the culture, to the point that you can’t relate to half the country, and are teetering on the brink of losing the entire cultural enterprise, forever, and precipitating either a conflagration of biblical proportions, or else aping Eurostan’s interminable slide into suicidal oblivion and subsummation. Somehow, you think you’re going to be the special elephant that the onslaught of carnivorous ants won’t strip to the bone.
“Well-played; how has that worked out for you?
“The second point is that the enormous war you’re gearing up for, while it may still happen, is unlikely because the Left is still getting what it wants without firing a shot because by the time you’re going to be ready to return fire, you’ll already be surrounded, cut off, and irrelevant, like Japanese soldiers on by-passed islands, running around a jungle in solitary pursuit of winning a war that was over decades before you found out about it.
“Great jumping Jehoshaphat, that was comedy parody gold by 1965 on Gilligan’s Island, and you want to adopt it as a strategy manual.
“Doubly so if the profits accrue directly to our side, instead of subsidizing the next ten Leftard forays to undermine society.
“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.” – John Adams
“The reason Trump – a weapon, not a cure – scares the living sh*t out of the other side is because he doesn’t give a rusty fuck what the other side thinks of him, rabbit punches the sh*t out of them on their own media, and he’s immune to their disdain and catcalling. He’s grabbing them by the p*ssy, and they let him. According to the prophecy.
“Give the Left the finger, every day, in your own head, and then slip them the wiener of pushback where it hurts, and without any lube. Embarrass them in public, and rub their noses in it, until they’re bloody with your efforts. It’s the only way a bully is broken and defanged…..”
RTWT at Aesop’s R & R